The perfect summer-time dessert
by Lindsay Evans
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When it comes to summer fruits, blueberries pretty much top everyone's list (not only because they taste so good, but because they are chock-full of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants too.) And sure, when ripe and at their peak, blueberries are perfect eaten on their own or when tossed into oatmeal, smoothies, banana bread or even your favourite muffin mix. But, we set out to create a recipe that would really feature blueberries as the star of the show. Here, we toss plump and delicious blueberries with a hint of sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon and then top it all with a gloriously crunchy oat crumble. All you've got to do is bake it until the blueberries are bubbly and the crumble is golden and top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or dulche de leche if your feeling ultra-indulgent). Take our word for it, this blueberry crumble is about as good as it gets when it comes to summer-time desserts.
6 cups blueberries
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ cup superfine granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ tbsp all purpose flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup rolled oats
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinches of salt
8 tbsp cold unsalted butter
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 or 9-inch square or oval baking dish. Set aside.
Place blueberries, lemon zest lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and flour in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine and set aside to let the flavours come together.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. With your fingers or a pastry cutter, blend in the butter until you have a crumbly mixture in which the butter is as uniformly distributed as possible.
Pour the fruit filling into your baking dish and then top with crumble, evenly distributing it over the top. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until topping is golden and fruit is bubbling around the edges. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or custard. You can even add a dollop of dulce de leche or caramel sauce to take it over the top!